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OSHEAN Completes Installation of 60 new Gigabit-Capable Circuits for RI’s K-12 and Libraries
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OSHEAN Completes Installation of 60 new Gigabit-Capable Circuits for Rhode Island’s K-12 and Library Institutions
Significant Technology Upgrade will Enable a Number of Innovative Teaching and Learning Initiatives


NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI, July 29, 2014 – OSHEAN, a non-profit coalition of leading healthcare organizations, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, libraries, government agencies, and other community organizations dedicated to providing innovative carrier class optical transport, advanced IP-based networking and cloud solutions,  is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the installation and turn up of 60 new gigabit-capable circuits to many of Rhode Island’s K-12 and library institutions. 

OSHEAN operates the Beacon 2.0 state-of-the-art optical transport network, one of the most advanced optical fiber networks in the country. With this upgrade, OSHEAN turned up 44 schools, 14 libraries and two Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) facilities with gigabit-capable circuits, utilizing the infrastructure developed as part of its Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant.  A Gigabit (1Gbps) is 1 billion bits per second – which is about 200 times faster than the average U.S. access speed of 5 million bits per second (5 Mbps). By delivering gigabit fiber capacity directly to the major head end K-12 and library facilities, OSHEAN has helped Rhode Island’s educational and learning communities enter a new era of opportunity to develop leading teaching and learning tools. 

Experiential learning environments to support advanced programs such as blended learning and virtual classrooms often involve connectivity to multimedia sources that require high bandwidth Internet access, which OSHEAN has been instrumental in delivering to its member organizations.  For example, with the deployment of this most recent upgrade, the increased capacity will alleviate technical barriers to on-line testing programs for Common Core while ensuring community libraries evolve to adapt new technologies that are essential to powering research projects and modern learning techniques.

“This upgrade represents the latest enhancement to the Beacon 2.0 network, a resource that is invaluable to furthering educational initiatives statewide,” said Dave Marble, president and CEO of OSHEAN. “In addition to changing approaches in learning, the growth in mobile usage driven by trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and one-to-one programs demands that we continue to enhance the world-class infrastructure of the OSHEAN network.”

 

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